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U.S. Constitution

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THE
CONSTITUTION
of the United tates
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
 
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
   Article. I.
SECTION. 1.
 All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Sen-ate and House of Representatives.
SECTION. 2.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Mem-bers chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Quali-cations requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty ve Years, and been seven  Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not,  when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. [Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fths of all other Persons.]* The actual Enumeration shall be made  within three Years after the rst Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut ve, New-York six, New  Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina ve, South Carolina ve, and Georgia three.  When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to ll such Vacancies. The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Ofcers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
SECTION. 3.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, [chosen by the Legislature there-of,]* for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the rst Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the rst Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; [and if Vacan-cies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then ll such Vacancies.]*
 
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.The Senate shall chuse their other Ofcers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Ofce of President of the United States.The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeach-ments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Afrmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Ofce, and disqualication to hold and enjoy any Ofce of honor, Trust or Prot under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
SECTION. 4.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be [on the rst Monday in December,]* unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
SECTION. 5.
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, with-out the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
SECTION. 6.
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compen-sation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Ses-sion of their respective Houses, and in going to and return-ing from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for  which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Ofce under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Ofce under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Ofce.

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